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Series Introduction: Nurarihyon no Mago by myrrn


By day, a friendly honor student liked by all. By night, the Master of all Youkai, Nurarihyon, and Leader of the one-hundred strong Youkai Army known as the Hyakki Yakou. That’s the basic premise of Nurarihyon no Mago, a spirited shounen manga that has been running for 78 chapters as of now.

Nurarihyon no Mago is an interesting work to look at because it does everything right, but nothing exceptionally well.

Rikuo, in both day and night forms.

Rikuo, in both day and night forms.

Characters: 9/10

The manga follows Rikuo, the aforementioned honor student. At the beginning of the manga, he tries to act as opposite from a youkai as he can, meaning he’s ridiculously nice to everyone. However, because he is a quarter youkai, in times of extreme peril he is able to transform into his “night” form. In that form, both his power and personality change completely. Eventually however, conflicts and events force him to take his night form more and more often, and he gradually grows in both power and maturity. Overall, he is a likable main character, due to his utter coolness in his night form, and his being a nice guy in his day form. I should note that even in his day form, he doesn’t let anyone push him around, and that he can fight well in his human form as well.

The cast of characters he surrounds himself with are interesting as well. Besides his posse of youkai servants, which contains a admiring yuki-onna (woman of ice), and a tough youkai that looks like a gang leader, there are a number of other interesting characters. His childhood friend, Kana, who’s good friend’s with his day form and has a crush on his night form. The onmyouji girl Yura, who he is constantly hiding his true nature from. And even the Youkai Investigation group, whose’ main goal is to find night form Rikuo, not knowing he’s a member all along. The antagonists which happen along are suitably menacing, yet not one-dimensional. Overall, an interesting and varied cast.

Story: 8/10

The story progresses quite quickly. It follows an “arc” format which is typical of the more popular shounen mangas, with few side stories in-between. The first arc deals with Rikuo struggling with his Youkai self, and his own distaste for Youkai. Eventually however, the arcs start dealing with how Rikuo’s own powers expand and he creates his own Hyakki Yakou. I would actually like to see more interaction between the characters, particularly with day form Rikuo, but I realize that for most people, the current pace of the manga is actually ideal. There are no obvious flaws with the story, and it’s substantial both in emotional volume and coherency, which is one of the biggest foundations of a good manga. However, there is nothing (so far) in the manga that will shock you tremendously, or play with your heart strings like some of the very few exceptional mangas do. Overall, a strong, solid story.

Style: 8/10

The drawing in Nurarihyon no Mago is quite good. A strong, bold style, and fairly consistent throughout the manga, which is rare. The art really shines through when the mangaka draws things with an old-fashioned Japanese style. He’s especially good in making Rikuo look badass in cool poses. I also very much like the youkai background the manga is based in, it’s rarely been done and is quite refreshing.

Overall: 8.33/10

Nurarihyon no Mago is a example of an extremely solid manga. Well thought out, well drawn, and interesting, it will always leave you wanting more of Rikuo and his friends every chapter. As of now, it hasn’t blown me away yet, but the manga is relatively young for a shounen, and I’m expecting that the plot’s only going to get better from now on. Read Nurarihyon no Mago: you won’t regret it.

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this is a great series, and better than most other mangas! definitely underrated!

Comment by Bloodfyre92

Haha, I think the consistent entertainment value and strong foundations are what make this manga a winner.

Comment by myrrn

Hmmm, your first post with a rating system. Can we expect to see more like this? Maybe post some mangas that you consider near-perfect or dead-last so that we have an idea what to look for?

Comment by Karms

Since this blog is still its infancy, I’m testing out different formats and methods of reviewing manga. I can’t say for sure that this will be the final product, but I can say that it’ll probably be look very similar to this. Thanks for commenting!

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